Helios Kefir (Lifeway)

Farm/Brand HeadquartersMorton Grove, IL
Market AreaNationwide
Total Score1165
TOTAL (possible score is 1600 plus extra credit) 1165
4-Cow Rating | Excellent
Ownership structure70Corporation
Milk Supply70Sourced from trusted dairy cooperative
Organic Production100Brand only markets organic
Disclosure of Information for Verification80Excellent transparency
Organic Certification75Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO)
Other Labels/Standards0None. Individual farmers may have other certifications.
Grass-fed50Meets minimum standards for grazing
Soy Free Ration?No
Pasture70All co-op supplier farms do some grazing; most have legitimate pasture use
Times Milked70Most daries milk twice a day (standard)
Cull/death Rate75Moderate cull/death rate. Will vary widely between supplier farms.
Replacements50Conventional cattle may be rotated into organic dairy herds.
Calves75Removed shortly after birth (standard practice)
Antibiotic Use100No antibiotic use
Hormone Usage100No hormone use
Farm Support90Milk sourced from cooperative that sets standards
Procurement of Ingredients90Outside ingredients from trusted sources
Extra Credit0None